Chase Whitley

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Chase Whitley
New York Yankees – No. 39
Born: (1989-06-14) June 14, 1989 (age 25)
Ranburne, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 2014 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 4-3
Earned run average 5.23
Strikeouts 60

Chase Coleman Whitley (born June 14, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Whitley graduated from Ranburne High School in 2007.[1] He attended Southern Union State Community College,[2] and then transferred to Troy University. The Yankees drafted Whitley out of Troy in the 15th round, with the 475th overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[3]

Whitley made his professional debut as a relief pitcher for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League. Serving as the closer for Staten Island,[4] he had a 1.31 earned run average and 15 saves. He was named an All-Star at midseason. In 2011, Whitley pitched for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League, recording seven saves in 42 appearances. In 2012, he pitched in middle relief for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Class AAA International League. Returning to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2013, Whitley had a 3-2 win–loss record and three saves in 29 appearances, five of which were starts.[3]

After pitching primarily as a reliever, Whitley began working as a starting pitcher in 2014.[3] The Yankees promoted Whitley to make his major league debut on May 15 against cross-town rival New York Mets in Citi Field.,[1][5]

New York Yankees (2014-present)[edit]

Whitley made his Major League debut on May 15, 2014 against the New York Mets. During his debut, he pitched 4.2 innings by issuing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. While batting, he recorded his first career hit off of Jacob deGrom, who also got a hit and made his MLB debut in the same game.[6] Whitley took the no-decision as the Yankees would go on to win against the Mets 1-0. It was the also first Yankee game since 1908 in which both starting pitchers were making their MLB debut.[7] Whitley surrendered his first major league home run on June 12 to Logan Morrison of the Seattle Mariners. On June 23, 2014 against the Blue Jays, Whitley surrendered 8 runs in 3.1 innings pitched, leading to his first MLB loss as the Yankees lost 3-8 to the Blue Jays.


Whitley has worked at the Excel Baseball Academy in Oxford, Alabama since 2010.[8]

He married Brooklyn Elise Herren in December 2010.[9]


  1. ^ a b Thornton, William (May 14, 2014). "Ranburne's Chase Whitley called up to 'The Show,' scheduled to make big-league debut with New York Yankees Thursday". The Birmingham News. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Shelley, Matt (June 27, 2007). "Southern Union baseball shows no signs of slowing". The Randolph Leader. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Marshall, Ashley. "RailRiders' Whitley fans career-high 11 | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Staten Island Yankees closer Chase Whitley relishes another chance". August 9, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Snyder, Matt. "Yankees turn to prospect Chase Whitley for rotation help". Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Rohan, Tim (May 15, 2014). "In Rookie Duel, a Met Gets a Loss, and a Hit". New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Castillo, Jorge (May 15, 2014). "Yankees top Mets, 1-0, in unlikely pitchers' duel". The Star Ledger. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hoch, Bryan (February 8, 2015). "To Alabama youth, Whitley a teacher first, big leaguer second". Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Herren/Whitley engagement". Anniston Star. November 21, 2010. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 

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